Class began with a review of the structure of Kihon Happō, starting with assuming kamae, then attacking correctly with tsuki, correct tai sabaki with uke gata, before working on the kotsu and ma-ai of ura and omote shutō. With this review in place, we practiced the basic form of Ichimonji no Kamae, focusing on the initial positioning, and lines of attack while keeping the correct extension of the strike.
After a quick break we moved onto Kasugai Dome, focusing on the correct sabaki through kamae, heihō, kihaku, chōsui and final evasion. For the three Sayugyaku, we focused on tsuki and kiri age, positioning to Aite’s weak line before quickly exploiting the weakpoint along the centerline.
“Barriers and hollows are inherent in life. At precisely these times, you summon up the motivation to smash through these barriers, strongly progressing, as a truly powerful and brave person.” – Hatsumi Sensei
「人生には壁と真空地帯はつきものだ。そのときにこそ、動機をふるいおこして壁をつき破り、強く歩く人間が、真の強者であり勇者なものである。 」- Hatsumi Sensei